W inter is the best time to catch up on reading. Snuggling up on the sofa with a great book and a warm cup of tea—or a glass of red wine—is an excellent way to learn more about Canada and what’s going on in the sustainability movement.
We’re blessed to have a number of great authors in Canada, and many are inspired by the natural world to write about how to maintain it. Whether it’s learning to how to buy and eat locally, exploring evolutionary theory and biology from a personal standpoint, or discovering the balance of life through the lens of one of Canada’s top environmentalists, there is much to take away from these inspiring and insightful books.
100 Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon.
After discovering that most of their food was being trucked thousands of miles to reach their favourite grocery stores, the authors decide to embark on a buy-local journey that unearths a number of surprising local products, such as gooseberry wine, all located within a 100 mile radius of their Vancouver, British Columbia apartment. This is an excellent read for anyone wanting to learn more about how to buy local and get creative with seasonal fare.
Evolution: the View from the Cottage by Jean-Pierre Rogel, translated by Nigel Spencer.
Author Jean-Pierre Rogel, a reporter for Découverte in Montreal, Quebec, explores Darwinism and evolutionary theories from his back yard. This educational piece introduces the reader to emerging developments in biology, and is written in a way that makes the reader feel smarter, not awestruck. Evolution gives readers a new appreciation for all surrounding life and its complexities.
The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering our Place in Nature by David Suzuki.
David Suzuki is a well respected figure in Canada, and The Sacred Balance shows why. Suzuki explores the fundamental nature of society from a physical, social, and spiritual view, and how life can be sustainable on the planet if people make the right choices. This great book shows Suzuki’s respect for our natural environment and inspires the reader to consider their personal responsibility in sustaining it.